quotative

noun quo·ta·tive \ ˈkwō-tə-tiv \

Definition of quotative

: a function word used in informal contexts to introduce a quotation
  • "like" is a quotative in "He was like, 'Oh, no! not again!'"

quotative

adjective

First Known Use of quotative

1893

in the meaning defined above

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